Interested in Sig Sauer P238

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    Interested in Sig Sauer P238

    Hello everyone!

    I recently held a Sig Sauer P238 and it fit perfectly in my hand. The only thing that worries me is that they are single action and it makes me nervous to think about pulling back the hammer and letting it down softly without dropping it. My boyfriend is a bit worried because this will be either my first gun or one of my first guns (still liking the Ruger LCP a lot, although I like the weight of the Sig Sauer). I'm sure that it just gets easier and easier with practice. Any advice or opinions on this? Also, held the Walther PPK s and it fit my hand surprisingly better than I thought it would. Any advice on that gun is appreciated too. Thanks, everyone!!!

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    You don't let the hammer down. Load the weapon, rack the slide, and engage the safety. Gun is now ready to carry. To clear it, remove the magazine, release the safety, and rack the slide to remove the chambered round. Gun is now clear and can by dry fired to lower the hammer.

    I like the 238s. I just picked the Scorpion model up. As always with SIGs, well made guns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by multistage View Post
    You don't let the hammer down. Load the weapon, rack the slide, and engage the safety. Gun is now ready to carry. To clear it, remove the magazine, release the safety, and rack the slide to remove the chambered round. Gun is now clear and can by dry fired to lower the hammer.
    This would be my answer as well. I'm surprised your boyfriend didn't tell you that.

    Also look at the P938 since it's basically the same thing but in 9mm.

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    I looked at the p938 last week at a lgs. I really liked it. I'm just a little uneasy myself carrying cocked and locked, so is my wife. I showed it to her and when I explained it to her she said "no way" for herself. I geuss maybe its just our revolver mentality we need to overcome.:smile

    Do you have to carry cocked and lock or is there another way?

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    There's no need to disengage the safety on a P238 to clear the weapon. As long as the hammer is back, you can cycle the slide with the safety on.
    So.. to load, make sure the hammer is back, safety engaged... insert magazine and cycle slide. You're now at condition one (cocked and locked).
    To unload, remove the magazine, cycle the slide to extract and eject the chambered round (rinse and repeat a few times for good measure)... all while the safety is still engaged.

    The P238 (and 938) are very safe weapons when used as designed. They're also far more enjoyable to shoot than the other subcompact pistols that are common (LCP, BG380, etc).
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    It's a winner! And you can get it in pink, so your boyfriend won't borrow it.

    Get some fake bullets so you can practice loading, unloading, cocking, decocking at home until it becomes routine and boring.

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    All awesome advice! Thank you, everyone. I think I could get used to it. I didn't know you could release the hammer while it was still on safety. That makes me feel better.

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    Being new to guns myself, I understand your hesitation. Hence the need for practice! (Fun!!) I have the P238 and love it! I just took my CCDW class, so the wait is on, but I don't anticipate carrying my gun cocked and locked at first. Obviously, that would make the gun the most ready to shoot. But apparently there are techniques for drawing and racking the slide quickly- something I'd like to become good at.

    I absolutely agree with Whoppo on them being enjoyable to shoot. If you haven't shot one, you should. The difference between the P238 (Yay.) and the Ruger LCP (Boo.) is remarkable. IMHO, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawn View Post
    All awesome advice! Thank you, everyone. I think I could get used to it. I didn't know you could release the hammer while it was still on safety. That makes me feel better.
    You don't actually release the hammer... it's designed to be carried with the hammer cocked and the safety engaged.

    Here's our "his and hers" P238's in their natural state... locked and loaded:

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    Quote Originally Posted by sauerpuss View Post
    Being new to guns myself, I understand your hesitation. Hence the need for practice! (Fun!!) I have the P238 and love it! I just took my CCDW class, so the wait is on, but I don't anticipate carrying my gun cocked and locked at first. Obviously, that would make the gun the most ready to shoot. But apparently there are techniques for drawing and racking the slide quickly- something I'd like to become good at.

    I absolutely agree with Whoppo on them being enjoyable to shoot. If you haven't shot one, you should. The difference between the P238 (Yay.) and the Ruger LCP (Boo.) is remarkable. IMHO, of course.
    Mrs. Whoppo carried hers "cocked and locked" without a round in the chamber for a few months... long enough for her to become comfortable that the safety wasn't going to disengage itself and the hammer wasn't going to drop by itself. Everyone has a different level of comfort with new firearms, especially if it's a type they've not carried before. It's perfectly acceptable to carry C&L on an empty chamber for a while to reach your own level of comfort, but I'm a firm believer in being able to draw from concealment and fire on target in one smooth action and if need be, with one hand.

    The P238 is a superb pistol and arguably the top of the heap for .380 pistols.... we like ours very much and shoot them regularly.
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    I think it's somethig I would need to practice the hell out of until I'm just so comfortable that it's second nature.

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    Great looking guns!

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    Right! Don't go lowering the hammer! To clear the weapon you drop the mag and pull back on the slide to clear the chamber. Don't go messing with the trigger and hammer. It is meant to be carried with the hammer back, ready to fire on single action.

    It's a great gun by the way. I have a buddy who has one and it shoots like a dream. It is very, very accurate for a little gun like that. I am currently saving up for its 9mm big brother, the p938.

    It sounds like you might be more comfortable with something either with a decocker, or a small double action. The p290 might suit you.

    Best wishes and stay safe!

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    Two things about the P238. First, I wouldn't get too hung up about the "single action" nature of the trigger. While technically a single action, the trigger pull is heavier than, say, the 1911 on which it is styled. The trigger pull is nearly as heavy as the LCP, yet is a "shorter" pull. As long as the thumb safety is on (even, I dare say, if it is accidentally "off"), the trigger is not going to accidentally "go off" in your holster.

    Second, I will echo others' advice on "dropping the hammer." There is absolutely NO need to "decock" the P238. In fact, to do so is against the way the pistol is designed to function. "Cocked and locked" (or Condition 1, as it is commonly referred) is exactly the way the P238 is meant to be carried. It is perfectly safe; in fact, much safer than attempting to "lower the hammer" on a live round. Now that would be asking for a very bad accident. I would say the less manipulation of the pistol the better. In other words: load the magazine, rack the slide, flip up the safety to "on," place in holster, and done.

    Also, your thought about the weight of the P238 is spot on. Its heavier weight soaks up the recoil, making it a relatively "soft" shooter compared to the LCP. The PPK/S is also heavier. I only have experience with the LCP and P238, but all three of your choices are well regarded and popular. It just boils down to personal preference. They all have their place and advantages (and disadvantages). Only YOU can make the final decision based on your needs. Good luck.
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    My wife bought one a couple of months ago and loves it! She still likes her PX4 Strorm in .40S&W, but loves her P238. Since I carry a full size 1911, I'm actually thinking of getting a P238 for myself for summer carry when I'm wearing shorts and a tank-top and can't easily conceal the 1911.
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